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The Black Thorn Cafe

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Canadian, Cafe, Pub, Gastropub
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15 Clarence St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5P4, Canada (Formerly The Black Thorn)
+1 613-241-0712
10:00 - 02:00
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Sun 10:00 - 00:00
Mon - Tue 11:30 - 00:00
Wed - Fri 11:30 - 02:00
Sat 10:00 - 02:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2015

The Black Thorn is closed while the National Capital Commission erects a new building at 7 Clarence Street. The popular Brunch menu is now available at the Earl of Sussex (same owner) on Sussex and Murray Street.

Thank Spartan61
Ryan O, Owner at The Black Thorn Cafe, responded to this review

Yes, we are closed for the time being but we hope to re-open before the Fall of 2016. The plan as of right now is late Spring 2016. Thanks for mentioning the Brunch at Earl of Sussex. It is indeed the exact same Brunch Menu we were serving at The Black Thorn Cafe. See you in the Spring! More 

Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

I enjoyed coming to the thorn after work. Decent beer and friendly staff. Sadly, it is closed. Another victim to Ottawa's emerging culinary scene.

Thank Pierre L
Ryan O, Owner at The Black Thorn Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Pierre, Thanks for the kind words in your review. We are indeed closed but only temporarily. The planned reconstruction of 7 Clarence next door made it impossible to stay open. We are using this opportunity to make some exciting improvements in the kitchen as well as adding a universally accessible washroom on the main floor. We hope to be... More 

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110 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

We stopped in for lunch one afternoon and were promptly seated i back in the lovely and shaded courtyard. We asked for two iced teas but they didn't have that, however the server suggested hot tea with large glasses of ice. Ok, it worked for us. We then ordered the Peppercorn Steak pizza and it was delicious. Cremini mushrooms, marinated... More 

Thank Mike C
Vancouver, Canada
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119 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2015

We came here for breakfast... we were just us... it was empty... I really liked the name of this restaurant and the decoration... we order some food i can't really recall what it was... i think it easy pancakes ... my best friend has an allergy and we told the waiter that , so not to use anything that has... More 

1 Thank AkisTsik
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
118 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2015

There are dozens of restaurants and bars in the Byward Market but this one is a pretty sure bet for good food. The menu is interesting and there is a great selection of beers. The outdoor dining area looks out on a quiet courtyard and there is plenty of room inside for cooler weather dining. It's close to the National... More 

Thank John12345562
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2015

the man who greeted us did not respond well, he offered a limited menu, we stopped at the entrance for a few minutes ... after a very kind woman gave us access, clarified our doubts and served a delicious duck. Limete salad was sooo good. I ordered a pisco and had never proven with pineapple and jalapeno ... I didn´t... More 

3 Thank Nahely
Vancouver, Canada
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2015

We stopped here to meet a friend and were shocked by the food. We both had burgers (we are usually scared of bad pub food); 1 veggie, 1 angus with salad, and they were delicious. I highly recommend trying their fries (rosemary and sea salt!!!!) as our friend ordered those and they are great to share! Enjoy

Thank seatsaleseeker
Yankee in NC
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

We discovered The Black Thorn one night by accident when the other restaurant we were going to was closed. It was a happy accident as we discovered a place with great atmosphere and very eclectic food that tasted fantastic

Thank CelticExplorer58
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 June 2015 via mobile

Best potato, asparagus & bacon soup served after 2:00 unless you know the bartender. Cute, historical building within easy walking distance of the Byward Market & Art museum.

Thank Katrine H
Durham, North Carolina
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101 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

Nice, cozy cafe/pub in Byward Market. I was traveling solo and was treated quite nice by staff. I enjoyed a pizza, which was very good.

Thank David E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$26
Canadian, Cafe, Pub, Gastropub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Clarence St, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5P4, Canada (Formerly The Black Thorn)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-241-0712
Since it first opened in 1999, The Black Thorn Cafe has been providing guests with locally sourced ingredients and scratch cooking. Friendly, knowledgeable service and our cozy atmosphere combine with our menu to offer guests a one of a kind dining experience. Our dining room and back patio overlook the historic Tin House Courtyard for a fantastic view winter or summer.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?